Manitou Skareb Elite 2004 Front Shocks

Manitou Skareb Elite 2004 Front Shocks 

DESCRIPTION

Want an XC racing fork that’s light, blessed with excellent bump eating abilities, AND steers in the direction you point it? The only option is Skareb. This year we’ve stiffened up the Skareb Elite’s hollow crown with longer skirts, and further refined the magnesium RA casting…important upgrades considering all Skarebs are now offered in a 100mm travel option. Now, for the first time, you can own a superlight 100mm travel fork with the stiffness to tackle even your most aggressive XC outings.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 20, 2005]
Michael
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Very plush fork with good dampning control. It is easy to adjust but make sure you have a fork pump. Cool graphics. easy too re oil on top of left stanction. I have the 100mm version which is plenty of travel.

Weakness:

grphics easily scratch when you lay bike down.

go for it if you race xc. light 3.2 pounds. pretty rigid and the reverse arch looks sick.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 26, 2004]
Rusty Kuhns
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Light, stiff

Weakness:

A little soft compression

This is a great fork when it comes to being light and stiff but when you want to get out of the saddle and sprint the front end is a little soft. Other than that this is a great fork. The reason I went for this fork over the Sid was due to the horrible stories I've heard about getting anything repaired by rockshox.

Similar Products Used:

Mars Comp

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 29, 2005]
Richardt Ferreira
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

It's a Manitou,its very light,it's responsive and it eats all the bumps.

Weakness:

None that I can see so far!

It is awesome buy it now buy it now do you understand buy it now!!!!!

Similar Products Used:

Rock Shox Judy SL,Manitou Six Elite.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 09, 2005]
Ben
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Light fork, well designed for V-brake, quick rebound and hard enought for amateur Cross country. Quick respond drive, it's very gooc XC fork for weekend rider ;)

Weakness:

No Disk brake mount and maybe not hardest fork I have tested. now you can put more air psi to get hardest fork. it's not a well designed fork for peoples over 100 KG.

For the price of my bike it's a perfect replacement over the original RST omega T5 coming with the trek 4400.

The trek 4400 have a very good frame and wheel fo ramateur biker the only weak point is the fork. for the cost trek 4400 + Skareb elite is a very good low budget choice for weekend warrior biker like me :) it's my second manitou fork, befor eI haved a SX model.

Similar Products Used:

Manitou SX

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 13, 2005]
Jerome Le Sueur
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

It's a Manitou, light weight and adjustable rebound.

Weakness:

After a short period of usage - none.

The world has opened up to me now that I have rebound adjustment - The improvemnet over the RST is amazing. Looked really good in the shop window and even better on my bike. I am taking my riding a bit more seriously this year and this fork will and is making a huge difference in control - this inturn improves confidence - and so it goes on. Will do a longer term test report.

Similar Products Used:

Old Rock Shox Quadra 21R, RST Gamma El

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 05, 2004]
Alex
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Lightweight, lockout, relatively stiff for what it weighs

Weakness:

It's performing better than you'd expect for something this light, but it still isn't what I'd call ideal. Airspring is way too soft

This thing came OEM on my Stevens M8 bike and it was sort of OK. Pretty precise steering for something so feeble, didn't expect that really. But the air spring was ever too soft. Always felt like it could brake, so it took a bit too much attention when I was riding it. And then I broke it last month....

Similar Products Used:

Rond 2 Stroke S, Marzocchi MX comp ETA

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
[Oct 10, 2004]
Bob Schuiling
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Plush. Being able to adjust the spring rate. Lght. Great for mild trails & light cyclists.

Weakness:

Bottoms out very easily. The spring adjuster requires a 16mm tool which is hard to come by.

Major upgrade over Rockshock.
Well made product. SPV in my opinion is a huge enhancement in terms of adjusting to personal preference.
Would recommend a manufacturer upgrade (free) to all owners in order to address the softness (bottoming out).

Similar Products Used:

Rockshock SID xc / SL

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 05, 2004]
Aaron
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

-Light Weight
-Colors....I Guess...
-It holds the wheel properly

Weakness:

-Makes a clicking noise when coming from an idle stance to any amount of compression and vise-versa.
-Too squishy
-Collapses down when pumping hard
-Manual says not to exceed 100 psi

I weigh 200 lbs at 5'5" so im not exactly small and I ride a 16.5" size and this shock came stock on the bike. I am very dissatisfied with this product due to its weak a$$ spring rate and just overall performance. I believe that this a terrible match for the NRS - due to its premise on the "No Resosonance System". But the front has so much "Resosonance" that it compensates for the back end. A clearly weak shock unless you weigh a buck 20 or less. I will probably upgrade to a FOX front shock.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jul 29, 2004]
bill
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Very plush and smooth,easy too adjust,looks cool,solid.the price is also great buy it and you wont be dissapointed.

Weakness:

a little too soft when sprinting out of the seat thats it

it is awesome buy it now buy it now do you understand buy it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but seriously it is great and very affordable. Jenson has it on closout hiny hint.the only reason you wouldn't want this fork is if you are a crazy downhiller or freerider.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 19, 2004]
Cary
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

So Plush

Weakness:

Can't find them.

This a great fork for its intended purpose, Cross Country. I am using the 80mm version, set up with the firm spring kit (I am a 225 pound clyde) and 160 psi. Note that the fork is an air/coil hybred acting as an air for the first part of the travel with the coil working in the last 1-1.5" of travel to prevent bottoming.

The result is an incredibly plush fork that does not bottom easily. Down fire roads and single track, the fork just eats up vibrations and keeps the front tire stuck to the ground. Small drops that you find on single track (less than 1 foot) are just eaten up. The proper spring keeps the fork from bottoming.

There is no comparision between my Sid XC and this fork. The Skareb is far stiffer torsionally and much plusher. In fact it feels plusher than my Fox Float, but not quite as stiff torsionally.

I think the mediocre reviews on this fork are because people don't understand its proper use and setup. This fork is a CROSS COUNTRY FORK. If you are doing drops, etc, get a black or other fork. Also, the fork will travel its full 80mm, but it is very linear during the first part of travel, ramping up at the end because of the desing with the coil. This keeps it from bottoming harshly. If you want a great CC fork, you can't beat these things, especially at the current $210 closeout prices.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Shox Sid XC, Fox Float 100 RL, older Judy C.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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